As Black History Month gets well underway, its 2021 theme of identity and diversity within Black families is not lost on Dr. Nigel Walker. Both an educator, writer, and father of a large family of girls, Walker welcomed twin daughters last fall, and hasn’t skipped a beat since the day they were born.
His penchant for public speaking and community service dovetail in S.T.R.IV.E., better known as ‘Seek to reach impossible visions every day’.
The book pools Walker’s life experiences, tips and hacks to both set and achieve life’s biggest goals. One of the major stepping stones toward being your best self, according to Walker, are good deeds.
The assistant principal leads by example, having just accepted a community service award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
“It was presented to a member of a historically black fraternity or sorority for their work in the community,” said Walker.
He added the award was bestowed for his role in making the disciplinary process one of positive intervention.
The stats on focusing on what’s working, rather than what isn’t at the school where Walker is assistant principal, speak for themselves.
“Over the past five years we have increased graduation rate approximately 24 points with the 2020 rate reaching 91%, the highest in the county,” said Walker.
His positive numbers included a decrease in school infractions and suspensions by over 70 percent — both remarkable for a student body that is predominantly low income.
How did they do it?
Walker’s book STRIVE lays out the principles one needs to reach their personal zenith. Swallow Publishing is proud to release S.T.R.I.V.E this month.